No Landlines Here

Most people I know have long since ditched their landlines. This said, those over the age of 45 that I know use both a landline and a mobile actively. Frankly I can see the advantages of a landline. No need to charge the phone… as long as it was made from the ’80s as 99% of the US uses cordless phones. Okay, there is the benefit of 911 service with a landline! Ah, last time I checked, I believe that mobile phones have pretty reasonable 911 service as well.

Okay, I got it. Having both a landline and a mobile phone is cheaper in the long run. Perhaps, but based on my own experience, I have found the reverse to be true. But then again, my family plan is probably not a smart example as I have three data plans with four lines. That said, remove those data plans and suddenly, it is not all that bad.

I have also found that I love using my BlueAnt ear-piece around the house. My wife uses her Jawbone when she is driving. Both of us prefer the hands free approach, while being mindful to remove the earpiece when in public so as not to look like a weirdo.

For my family, there is simply no definable advantage to going forth at this point to score a landline. I would have to buy a new phone, preferably one that is not a complete piece of junk with regard to reception. It would also mean yet another bill to pay each month, in addition to yet another voicemail box to check.

Maybe at 35, I am a jaded young person. But to be brutally honest, as I have reasonable reception here in the part of town, I see no reason whatsoever to get landline phone service. Clearly, our local phone company is dropping the ball with younger users as I cannot think of a single reason why I would want to add this to my expense calendar.

Do you use a landline? If so, why? Share your comments on this in the comments section.

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  • greywizard

    I droped the landline but ended up going back to one for the saftey of my kids. I really didnt want a dead cell if they needed 911. I purchased a magicjack. It works as well as they say it does. Now my landline costs me $20 a year for unlimitted calling.

  • Mike

    I guess I am in the over 45 group. A land line gives my business a solid phone number. It also is compatible with 4 phones and answering system in my home. I have an old razor that my daughter gave me that I take out with me when I am out of the house so they can get a hold of me. I use it sparely, as that battery is a real pain to keep charged. And after July, I will be able to change phone carriers because it won’t mess up my plan. Magic Jack is a option, but I don’t like the idea of leaving my computer on around the clock. It is the same with Vontage. I have yet been totally satisfied with the coverage of wireless also.

  • Jim

    The major reason we continue our use of a landline (although it is acutally a VOIP service through our local cable ISP) is the cost savings for long distance. The low monthly fee includes dialing to any North America number at no charge. While this may or may not be usefule for those who don’t have scattered relatives, we find that the savings are tremendous, at approximately 25 to 30 dollars per month. Past of this may be due to the realtively small local calling area around the Hamilton Toronto area in Ontario, but we also find the ability to just pick up the phone and call virtually anywhere in Canada or the US is a great benefit.

  • Gress LeMaistre

    Being an old fogey (well over 45), I held onto a landline for a long time for 2 reasons: (1) Most people I know, both young andold, know that phone number since I have had it for over 25 years ans (2) Cell service inside the house was spotty at best.

    T-Mobile finally did 2 things to change my mind: (1) They erected several new towers so I get good service and (2) They introduce T-Mobile @home which is basically a VOIP for $10 per month unlimited. Bye-bye landline ans I get to keep my old number! By the way, most VOIP services also give a correct 911 address while cell phones do not.

  • http://www.sqlservercentral.com Steve Jones

    We still have a landline for DSL, though I think that requirement might have been dropped recently. However we’ve had that phone number for 10 years, through 3 cities and lots of accounts and stuff uses that number. It’s been a stable influence.

    We also have it available for fire protection. We live in a rural area, and have smoke alarms hooked up to a monitoring system.

  • Randy Allen

    I was going to turn my land line off, since Bell South (AT&T) now allows DSL without having to have one. I am such a pushover that I allowed them to talk me into keeping it for about $10 a month after additional discounts. Now, I just have to find where I put the phone and run a new line, since the dog ate the one we were using.

  • Elhuevon

    I’m 33, and father of 3 kids. I hate cell phones. I have one that work provides me (IT) but when i get home it goes off. The wife has one practically glued to the ear, but I could take it or leave it.

    The home phone is a corded (yes they still make them) with 2 cordless extensions so i always know where the phone is. I don’t mess with 911 issues, the kids can answer the phone without me woryying about them dropping an exspensive cellphone.

    Not to mention in case of a big emergency which network will have problems the 20 year old cell towers or the 100 year cable in the air/ground?

  • Kevin Rubin

    I live in India now, and a landline is essential since it’s not uncommon for the electricity to go out longer than cell phone batteries last.

    On the other hand, most landlines are wired up so horribly (lines crossed, spliced using tape, strung up between between apartment buildings, etc.) that they don’t work during the rainy season, when there’s the most power failures…

    I never used a cell phone in the U.S. to compare, but here in India conversations with them mostly consist of “what? hello? hello?” and “are you there?” and “sorry, I didn’t get that” and on and on.

    I miss my landlines in the U.S. with good, corded phones (especially my big Mickey Mouse phone and my early 1980′s Flip Fones) that have a sound quality far better than cell phones and cordless landline handsets.

  • http://whatsit2you.blogspot.com Charlie PA Tpk

    Where I live in rural PA, our cell signals are lacking for in bound calls and non existent for outbound. So we’re still tied to a landline.

  • DarkPhantom

    I have a landline because down here in Houston, hurricanes have a tendency to disrupt the cell network. Even without power and Cell towers during Hurricane Ike, my landline was still able to make and receive calls, as long as I used the corded phone.

    In my mind it’s good for backup, in case of an emergency situation at least here.

    It depends on where you live and what nature can throw at you.

  • Nat

    I use a landline, mainly because the cell reception is a little spotty in my house. I hate having to go to one of 4 or 5 specific places to use the phone.

    Although I’m not so sure I would switch to 100% cell usage even if the coverage was good. No reason other than comfort – I’ve always had a landline.

    I guess it shows that “generation gap” between you at 35 and me at 39 :-)

  • http://www.justcallmatt.net/ Matt Wilkinson

    I still like “segregating” my phones… I have digital phone service from my Cable co for my home number… I have my business line on Vonage (ported a landline number from my previous residence in a different state). Then my cell.

    I’m sure I could reduce my overall telecom spend if I had to, but like I said, I like keeping things somewhat compartmentalized.

  • Ralph

    I have a landline – I can’t get reliable cell reception from any of the major carriers at my house. All my brothers, as well as my inlaws and several friends have no landline, but sometimes I wish they did because they also don’t always have great cell reception in their homes. It is so aggravating constantly have to say what? what? say that again…

  • Jeff

    Mostly my land line is used as my “spam box” for telemarketers and other people I don’t want to talk to. That phone can ring all day when I’m not home and I could care less. I have the cheapest tier Broadvoice SIP VoIP service. It’s like 12 bucks a month. I can’t imagine being called 3-5 times a day on my cell phone by telemarketers and scammers.

  • http://ronknights.com/ Ron Knights

    I got rid of my landline and DSL at the same time, over a year ago.

    I briefly went with Time Warner’s Digital Phone package. But I dumped it because I just don’t make that many phone calls.

    I eventually dumped Digital Cable TV as well.

    I now have an AT&T Blackberry, but the phone doesn’t get much use.

    I have kept my RoadRunner Cable Internet.

    I mostly use Skype for phone calls.

  • Longbottle

    The only good reason to still have a landline is if you send and receive faxes from a stand-alone fax machine (which can be very handy, I admit).

    In my view, that’s not worth the $40/mo or so landline phone service costs.

    Add in the difficulty of dealing with the phone company… I’ll pass.

  • http://www.etailerbuzz.com Joni

    In Canada, cell phone rates are ridiculously expensive – especially considering that coverage is awful if you live outside a major city or town. I have my phone bundled with my digital cable package (cable, internet and phone) and it’s quite reasonable. The long distance is actually even well priced, although I use Skype mostly for that anyway.

  • John Pall

    We have two landline phones and one cell phone. My wife is disabled so when I leave the house she can get in touch with me. One land line is computer/fax and used for my out going calls. The other line is for use by my wife. Now if ATT could get me fixed up with DSL for the $19.95 price they keep advertising I wold be all set.
    You may have not seen it but ATT just purchased some parts of Alltel from Verizon for $2.35 Billion in Cash. but they can’t take care of their landline service so we can have DSL. We live in the rural section of Austin TX.